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Strategic government spending in South Korea and Taiwan

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Title Strategic government spending in South Korea and Taiwan
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Yap, O. Fiona

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[Rochester]:Social Science Research Network

Date 2010-09
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Financial Policy
Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding Social Science Research Network

Abstract

How is government spending used strategically in the emergent Asian democracies of South Korea and Taiwan? As nations generally considered to have weathered democratization, a study of government spending in South Korea and Taiwan is instructive on how allocations may be used strategically without undermining democratization process. This paper evaluates government spending for South Korea and Taiwan and compares pre- and post-democratization patterns. Three interesting results point to the value of longitudinal analyses of individual nations to frame expectations on spending and underpin robust findings: First, defense spending increases in election years in both nations, but not social welfare spending. Second, democratization does not exert an effect independent of elections and legislative fragmentation. Third, government spending is a viable resource for party building; however, this spending has to be targeted at building the nation’s or party’s strengths rather than aimed at divisive politics. (The rest omitted)